Memorial Day weekend brings full reopening to Chicago’s Navy Pier

CHICAGO — Chicago’s Navy Pier has fully reopened its outdoor entertainment options and nearly all indoor facilities after the coronavirus pandemic forced closures at the busy tourist destination.

Officials said the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater will remain closed.

The reopening includes retail stores and restaurants, tour boats and cruises and all carnival rides.

The popular tourist spot reopened in a limited capacity June 10 after closures to limit the spread of COVID-19. But officials saw slim crowds, so Navy Pier was closed again from September through the end of April to help reduce operational expenses and limit losses. Officials began a slow reopening in April. 

Events during Memorial Day weekend include live performances by dancers, DJs and musicians and a fireworks show on Saturday.

Visitors are encouraged to wear face masks, and some seating areas for performances require groups to remain 6 feet apart.

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